Round up the kids and put on a sunhat, the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo is just around the corner.
With something for kids of all ages as well as the young at heart, this year’s event promises to provide a range of activities and attractions for the whole family.
Highlights include Farmer Darryl and his farmyard animals and a host of attractions on display as well as kids cooking demonstrations.
Event co-ordinator Liz Connick said the expo would have lots on show to entertain and educate.
‘‘Seymour expo is not just for the grown-ups, there are plenty of activities and most of them are free and will keep the kids entertained all day,’’ Ms Connick said.
‘‘We have created a shaded kids’ zone with lots to see and do.
‘‘It will be a hit with the kids and I’m confident it will be a favourite for parents as well.
‘‘So take a day off the farm and enjoy some family time.’’
The animal farm will bring you face-to-face with some of Farmer Darryl’s herd of furry and feathery friends including some new cheeky piglets and adorable kids.
Farmer Darryl, otherwise known as Darryl Sheridan, said this year’s event included the adventures of Polly the rainbow lorikeet who had aspirations of being a cow.
‘‘I’ll be doing a session of story time with Farmer Darryl,’’ Mr Sheridan said.
‘‘People love the cheeky piglets, but everyone has a different favourite animal.
‘‘They’re all hand-raised and love the attention.
‘‘I’ll also be shearing some wool off one of the sheep and putting it on the spinning wheel to show the kids how it’s done.’’
In the Country Kitchen, the much-loved father-and-daughter culinary team will bring two audience-participative cooking demonstrations.
Five-year-old Lila and Secret Garden Catering chef Adrian Hensley return with their popular children’s cooking sessions and Mr Hensley said she would take over the show just like she did last year.
The crowd will be treated to a thrilling adrenaline rush when whip cracker and three-time world record-holder Nathan Griggs takes centre stage.
The show is jam packed with technical tricks that included crowd participation and Mr Griggs said his favourite part was whipping to music.
‘‘I have a world record for the longest whip in the world, which is over 100m, and I’ll have that on display,’’ Mr Griggs said.
‘‘At the moment I’m training to break a world record again for the most whip cracks in a minute, which is currently 646.
‘‘I have held it before and I’m going to get it back.’’
Other activities include the cup and saucer ride, jumping castle, draught horses plus much, much more.
The expo is an affordable day out for the whole family with tickets starting at $40 for two adults and three children aged between five and 15 years, while children under five are admitted free.
Avoid the queue and pre-purchase tickets via Eventbrite.
●For more information including ticketing details, visit www.seymour